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Art in the Library: Garden Bed

Garden Bed by Carol Krentzman, on display at Morse Institute

Jane Finlay, Linda Stetson, and Carol Krentzman with the Garden Bed in our main lobby

The Garden Bed by Carol Krentzman is now on display in the main lobby of the library. Created with 132 nine-patch variation traditional and new quilting squares made of 2″ glass tile patterns, this work was inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts novels written by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Carol Krentzman is a Natick local artist and the artistic director of Mosaic Art Institute of Natick. She has been making custom stained glass and mosaic pieces for private and public clients, and teaching mosaic classes since 2001. The library appreciates her commitment to public art projects that bring communities together for shared experiences resulting in beautification, pride and respect for the local environment.

The bed will be on display through November, so stop by and see this beautiful work of art and check out books like The Union Quilters and A Quilter’s Holiday.


Teen Read Week: Get Candy & Win!

Teen Read WeekHey teens ages 11-18 – next week Oct 14-19 is Teen Read Week! Get candy and enter to win a $10 iTunes Gift Card! Here’s how:

  1. Come to the library between Tuesday 10/14 and Sunday 10/19
  2. Check out a book, comic, manga, audiobook, or magazine
  3. Find Robin, your teen librarian! Or go to the 2nd floor reference desk.
  4. Show us your checkout receipt to get candy and an entry form for the iTunes Gift Card!
  5. We’ve got six iTunes Gift Cards so there will be one winner per day. Read early and often to win!

Check out a book from one of our Teen Book Lists for an extra chance to win! Some of the lists are posted online, and you can find even more in the Teen Room on the second floor of the library.

Drawings will be held on Monday 10/20 and winners will be called. If you have any questions please contact Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or email teens@morseinstitute.org.

AND – if you read something you liked, share it in the comments section below! What was it and what did you like about it?


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Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library


Jamie Wyeth retrospective at the MFA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts by Flickr user Matt GriffinRecently Karen and Laurie went to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to view the amazing current retrospective of Jamie Wyeth. This exhibit showcases almost 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages created by the artist, including:

  • A portrait of Rudolph Nureyev
  • Landscapes, seascapes and everyday animals
  • His most recent work, The Seven Deadly Sins

The grandson of N.C Wyeth, son of Andrew Wyeth, and nephew of Carolyn Wyeth, Jamie did his first work at age 12. He was home schooled spending most of his education in his grandfather’s studio. With the breadth of Jamie’s talent on view in this exhibit one could say he has lived up to his family name in the art world.

The variety of subject matter displayed in this exhibit turns the view at every corner. But don’t just take our word for it – check out the Morse Institute’s pass to the MFA and receive $10 admission for up to two visitors. Check online or call the library at 508-647-6520 to reserve the pass. The Jamie Wyeth retrospective is on display through December 28 and we guarantee you’ll be glad you went!

What’s the last art show you’ve seen that had an impact on you? Please share below!


Check out our Book Group Blogs

This month the Wednesday Morning and Wednesday Evening book groups have started their own blogs! Karen and Jen will be posting topics for discussion all month long. Whether you are a regular book group member, or you just aren’t able to make it to meetings, this is for you. Click the links below to check out the blogs, add your voice to the discussion, and enjoy reading with us!

Wednesday Morning book group webpage screenshot

The Wednesday Morning Book Group is currently reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. The next meeting is Wednesday, October 15 at 11am.

Wednesday Evening book group blog screenshot

The Wednesday Evening Book Group is currently reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. The next meeting is Wednesday, October 29 at 7pm.


Natick Flu Vaccine clinics

2014 Natick flu shot clinicsNatick Board of Health will be hosting two free flu vaccine clinics this fall:

Thursday, October 9: 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
at the Community-Senior Center (117 East Central St – map)

Thursday, November 13: 5pm – 7pm
at Natick Town Hall (13 East Central St – map)

Download a copy of the registration form [PDF]. Forms are also available on the town information column in the Library lobby.

Please note that insurance is not required for the free vaccine. If you have further questions please contact the Board of Health at 508-647-6460.


Morse Friends Fall Book Sale

The Fall Book Sale is coming up on Saturday, September 20 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, September 21 from 12 pm – 3 pm! There are thousands of books on sale in many areas: fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more.  There are also DVDs and Video tapes as well as puzzles and some games on sale.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult and children’s programs


Artists and Exhibits September-October

We’ve got four exhibits on display at the library in September and October. Be sure to check out all the great paintings and photographs in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall, First Floor galleries, and Virtual Gallery.

Natick Artist Open Studios exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Natick Artist Open Studios: Mixed Media

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, Lower Level; Lobby and Stairwell

This years show focuses on Gardens! On exhibit are the works of over 40 Natick Artists Open Studios participants. Works include photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mosaics, ceramic, glass, mixed media and more! On October 1, 2014 NAOS artists will demonstrate and discuss their work at the Creative Connections Program, 3-4:30 in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall. All are welcome; free of charge.

K-5 Art Students of Elizabeth Gorman paintings exhibits Sept-Oct 2014K-5 Art Students of Elizabeth Gorman: Paintings

Right Gallery, First Floor

Students paint and draw from Gorman’s dining room table each week. They start mixing their own colors from the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow). Then they work on shadows, contrast, warm and cool colors, negative spaces and horizon lines and experiment with various mediums and drawing techniques. It is a wonder to watch young artists develop their skills while also keeping their own individual styles as artists. Come see!

Christopher A. Richards photography exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Christopher A Richards: Photography

Left Gallery, First Floor

Natick resident and avid photographer Christopher Richards shoots mostly nature, macro, and street photography, but also portraits, real estate, cars, products, and sports. For this show he used Nikon cameras, with a variety of Nikon and Sigma lenses. The photos were taken in New England over the past several years, in between reading, painting, films, rock climbing, and watching sports.

Scott Terrasi photography exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Scott Terrasi: Photography

Virtual Gallery, First Floor

Terrasi’s latest show is about local area New England scenes. His focus is on landscapes, wildlife and the smaller little critters that go unnoticed—insects. You will find scenes from local Audubon centers, deer, swans and birds, turtles and snakes. Also animals from local farms.


Morse Institute Library offers exhibit space to local artists or artist groups at no charge. Some artists’ work is available for purchase. For information about displaying your art, contact Jane Finlay at 508-647-6526 or jfinlay@minlib.net. You may also read our exhibit and display policy posted on the policies page.


Online Library Card Registration

This September for Library Card Sign-up Month, the Minuteman Library Network is launching an online library card registration process. Using the online registration system, you will create a 30-day temporary card and will be able to immediately start using your account to place requests for up to 5 items at Morse Institute Library, check out up to 10 eBooks and digital audiobooks, and access statewide databases.

For more information, please watch a short walk-through of the registration process below. Also feel free to contact the library at 508-647-6520 or email to circulation@morseinstitute.org

https://library.minlib.net/selfreg

Note: After 30 days your temporary online library card will expire, deleting all of your item requests and digital checkouts. Be sure to come into the library to convert to a full-service library card. All you need is to bring in a valid photo ID and proof of Massachusetts address, and you will be able to check out up to 150 library items, up to 20 eBooks and digital audiobooks from the Digital Catalog, and access eResources available only through the Morse Institute.

Stan Lee Library Card Signup Month 2014


Prunaret Room closed Sept 2-6

Due to construction, the Prunaret Room on the 2nd floor of the Library will be closed to the public from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. The following resources will not be available during this time:

  • Study Rooms 2A & 2B
  • the Local History Collection
  • the Literacy Center

If you have questions, please contact our Reference Staff at reference@morseinstitute.org or give us a call at 508-647-6521.


Sign up for Fall 2014 Children’s Programs

Sign ups for the Fall 2014 Children’s Programs start on Tuesday, September 2! Scroll down or click the links below to find out when registration begins for each individual program. If you have any questions please call the Young People’s Library at 508-647-6522.

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners
preschool storyhour YPL program logoPreschool Storytime rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play

Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. No older siblings, please. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups.

Thursday, September 11 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Thursday, September 25 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 16
Thursday, October 30 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 21
Thursday, November 13 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time

Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. No other siblings, please. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together.

Thursday, September 18 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 9
Thursday, October 2 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 23
Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 28
Thursday, November 20 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 12

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners

Storytimes for grown-ups and children ages 2 and 3. Older siblings welcome! Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30am
“Story Time Friends”
Sign up begins Monday, September 8
Tuesday, September 30 at 10:30am
“Fall Fun”
Sign up begins Monday, September 22
Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30am
“Hooray for Hats”
Sign up begins Monday, October 6
Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30am
“Down in the Pumpkin Patch”
Sign up begins Monday, October 20
Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30am
“Let’s Eat”
Sign up begins Monday, November 10
Tuesday, December 9 at 10:30am
“Something Chilly”
Sign up begins Monday, December 1

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


preschool storyhour YPL program logoStorytimes for Preschool Listeners

“All by Myself” 45 minute story times for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Caregivers remain in the Children’s Room.

Sign up for the entire 6-week session beginning Monday, September 15.
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:30am: “Make New Friends”
Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30am: “All in the Fall”
Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30am: “Eeks n’ Squeaks”
Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30am: “Elephant Day”
Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30am: “Pumpkin Time”
Wednesday, November 5 at 10:30am: “Wolf Tales”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids

45 minute story times with rhythm activities for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Come catch the beat! Join us for stories that invite rhythmic play with clapping hands, tapping feet, shakers, and drums! Sign up is required for each 3 week series.

Thursday, October 9 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 16 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 23 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, September 29
Thursday, December 4 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 11 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 18 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, Novermber 24

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

Opportunities for LEGO® builders to design, construct, and display their own spectacular creations. For boys and girls in grades 1-4. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.

Friday, September 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Friday, October 10 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 30
Friday, November 14 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4
Friday, December 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, December 2

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.